Casting Your Vote for the Kingdom

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

On Monday I head to the polls. It is time for Canadians to decide who they want for their leader. I am extremely fortunate to live in a democratic society where I can have an impact on the type of government who will be making decisions about education, healthcare, laws, and the other aspects that affect me and my family’s daily life.

However, statistics show that my generation—though one of the largest demographics—is one of the least likely to vote. Quite frankly, most young adults don’t feel like the government cares two bits about them or their well-being. They’ve come to believe the politicians simply want two things: power and money, and that they are willing to trample over the little guy making all kinds of false promises in their quest for both.

So rather than waste their time going to the polls to elect yet another politician who will not make any real changes, my generation will just stay home and watch Netflix. And who can blame them?

Where is our true citizenship?

As a Christian, I know that my government can affect my day-to-day life for good or ill, but that that is not the end-all. As Christians, we have our own nationalities, and we proudly bear the flags of many different countries, but our true citizenship is not of this earth at all. (Philippians 3:30) It is, as Jesus put it, that our kingdom is not of this world. (John 18:36) We have, in a sense, cast a vote and declared our allegiance.

We need a just and noble ruler

Of course, the kingdom of heaven is not a democracy. It has a king, Jesus Christ, who has been named Lord and Savior. And while history has shown us that humans generally make terrible kings when given complete power and authority, we know that with Jesus, it is different. He was willing to give up his very life for ours. He was the one human who got it all right.

If Jesus was running for King of the kingdom of heaven, his platform was based on this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39) He didn’t simply print that on a banner and wave it around as a peppy slogan to convince us to claim him as our king. No, he lived it in his own life and was a glowing example of a true leader who leads by example. A true leader is a servant, and Jesus came to serve. (Matthew 20:26-28)

Can we decide if Jesus is King?

Living in a democratic society, we are accustomed to having choices—including the choice not to choose! Living in a free country, we can easily slip into the mindset that we can decide whether or not Jesus is King, as if the popular vote will make it so. The fact is, Jesus is King whether we want him to be or not. Our only choice lies with whether or not we decide to become citizens of his kingdom and accept both the responsibility and the blessings that come with being a citizen of the kingdom of heaven.

There have been plenty who have not accepted Jesus as their King.

They look around at the world and scoff. Does a loving God allow this?

As the story goes in the book of Isaiah, those who try to rise higher than God will fall. (Isaiah 14:12-15) Some have interpreted this prophetic language around Satan, who has made it his mission to deceive the whole world. (John 9:44)

Satan was that unruly student who stood up in front of his peers and challenged the teacher's authority by saying, “I can do this better than you.” The rest of the class (the angels) draws a collective breath as the teacher and the rebellious student lock eyes. What should God do as Satan waves the forbidden fruit in Eve's face? God had a full audience of angelic creatures that would be shaped by how He faced down this would-be-usurper to the throne.

Should God have forced Adam and Eve to obey?

Does the teacher shove the student back in his seat, afraid of a challenge? Is he afraid that the student might prove him wrong? How will the teacher look in the eyes of the class if he does? Maybe he should he hand over the chalk for a time and let the defiant student work the problem on the board. Then the class will know for certain who the real teacher is.